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 +'''Buridan's ass ''' is an illustration of a [[paradox]] in philosophy in the conception of [[free will]].
-*[[Argument from free will]] (the argument that free will and an omniscient God are incompatible)+It refers to a hypothetical situation wherein an [[donkey|ass]] is placed precisely midway between a stack of hay and a pail of water. Since the paradox assumes the ass will always go to whichever is closer, it will die of both hunger and thirst since it cannot make any rational decision to choose one over the other. The paradox is named after the 14th century [[France|French]] [[philosopher]] [[Jean Buridan]], whose philosophy of [[moral]] [[determinism]] it satirises.
-*[[Autonomy]]+ 
-*[[Best of all possible worlds]]+ 
-*[[Buridan's ass]]+==See also==
-*[[Dilemma of determinism]]+ 
-*[[Existentialism]]+*[[Catch-22 (logic)|Catch-22]]
-*[[Fatalism]]+*[[Dining philosophers problem]]
-*[[Freedom]] (disambiguation)+*[[Entropy]]
-*[[Free will theorem]]+*[[Hobson's choice]]
-*[[Free will in antiquity]]+*[[Jean Buridan]]
-*[[Free will in theology]]+*[[Metastability in electronics]]
-*[[Freethought]]+*[[Morton's fork]]
-*[[indeterminism]]+*[[Spontaneous symmetry breaking]]
-*[[Morality]]+
-*[[Philosophical zombie]]+
-*[[Prevenient grace]]+
-*[[Ilya Prigogine]] and the End of Certainity.+
-*[[Problem of evil]] (for which human free will is offered as one explanation)+
-*[[Problem of future contingents]]+
-*[[Responsibility assumption]]+
-*[[Shoehorn#Turn of phrase|Shoehorn]]+
-*[[Voluntarism (metaphysics)]]+
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Buridan's ass is an illustration of a paradox in philosophy in the conception of free will.

It refers to a hypothetical situation wherein an ass is placed precisely midway between a stack of hay and a pail of water. Since the paradox assumes the ass will always go to whichever is closer, it will die of both hunger and thirst since it cannot make any rational decision to choose one over the other. The paradox is named after the 14th century French philosopher Jean Buridan, whose philosophy of moral determinism it satirises.


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